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Bedwell, Edward James (Flying Officer)

Prisoner of War 1944-January-02

Male Head

Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

7 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Per Diem Per Noctem By day and by night
Flying Officer
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Rear Gunner
Service Numbers
PoW: 3293

Took off from Oakington at 00:32 in Lancaster Mk III (Sqn code: MG-V Bomber Command) on an operation to Berlin Germany.

Shot Down (means not found) and crashed (crash location not found).

POWs: Flying Officer Edward James Bedwell RCAF J/18866 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. Sergeant Derek Thomas Ingram RAF POW Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe). Sergeant Arthur William Dorrian King RAF POW Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug. Sergeant Gilbert Frank Mortimer RAF POW camp not listed. Flight Sergeant Edward Parr RAF POW Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe). Flying Officer Douglas Wilson Souchen RCAF J/14782 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. F/Lt Leicester Cornelius Kingsbury RAF POW camp not listed.

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Lancaster EE129

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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Lancaster Mk.I/III EE129

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Started with No. 83 Sqn. Then with No. 7 Sqn (MG-V). Missing on operation to Berlin 1/2 Feb 1944. 311 operational hours. Mason gives MG-Y

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